The Big Speak Out for Fairtrade
 
SPEAK SING & WRITE OUT TO WESTMINSTER SPEAK OUT TO EYES OUTSIDE SCHOOLS SPEAK OUT TO EYES INSIDE CHURCHES SPEAK OUT TO A CONGREGATION SPEAK OUT TO
SHIRTY CLERGY
SPEAK OUT TO
OTHERS AROUND
SPEAK OUT KOOLLY
IN SKOOL
SPEAK OUT TO
CONTACT JUST1

SCHOOLS-LED ACTIVITIES FOR OR BEFORE FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
Click here for a list of the 80+ Fairtrade Denominational Groups including English, Welsh and Scottish Anglican and Catholic Dioceses, Methodist Circuits and Districts, URC Synods, Quaker and Moravian groups, and Churches Together

   

Fairtrade Groups
 


     

Conductor of Just1 Hugh Gibbons says welcome - and well done!

There are now over 500 Fairtrade Schools in the UK - and thousands of others show their support. It's become a feature of their education in social justice and citizenship.

The Fairtrade Foundation Schools team produce marvellous year-round materials for teachers and pupils, and special resources for Fairtrade Fortnight.

To supplement this great work from a different direction, I've created Schools Speak Out For Fairtrade.  It's a collection of simple and standalone activities on which schools might like to take the lead - as part of their activities for or before Fairtrade Fortnight.

They're designed to fit alongside whatever else you do - and be fun with its sleeves rolled up.  Each is easy to arrange and run, no- or lo-cost, and packed with opportunities for involvement and imagination.  And energy!

Speak Out is sort of Springtime companion to the great Schools Sing Out Against Poverty in October. (And you'll see there's an opportunity for schools and congregations to sing the, ahem, Bing Bong Fairtrade Song with Big Ben in support...)

The ideas on the right came to mind after browsing the great work being done by all sorts of schools.

You'll find each suggestion has some practical information to get you thinking - but most pupils and staff are incomparably inventive!

You'll find also how others might help: school governors, PTAs. And on-side clergy, happy to hand over their pulpits to pupils as schools encourage churches renew or sign up their Fairtrade commitments.

The activities are illustrated by a lot of real-life examples of primary and secondary level schools in action.  So you'll see word of voices for Fairtrade from Cornwall to Scotland - in person, in banners, in delegations.
 

Speak Out to the eyes of people outside schools and churches with Fairtrade banners and bunting
Speak Out to the eyes of people inside churches
with school-made Fairtrade decorations
Speak Out from the pulpit to whole congregations
on why schools need churches to commit to Fairtrade
Speak Out to the hearts and chests of local clergy
with the gift of a clerical Fairtrade shirt
Speak Out to other local schools and communities
to air and share experience and encouragement
Speak, Sing and Write Out to Westminster
so governments hear your big voice through Big Ben!

With best wishes - and thanks for being for Fairtrade

Hugh Gibbons
Conductor of Just1
hughgibbons@just1.org.uk

Speak Out coolly to all at your Skool
with Fairtrade Cotton school clothing


PS Just1 is just
me.  With no committees, no minutes, no blogs or tweets. Just1 is non-political, not-for-profit, operating on miniscule funding (about 10 a year). It's a late-in-life and independent way of applying some useful career experience and skills; lending a hand to campaigns against worldwide poverty; being of some local use as well. And saying thank-you in unusual ways.

A schools volunteer for CAFOD, I was on the working party which steered Portsmouth Catholic Diocese to become one of the first Fairtrade Dioceses. As you can see, Just1 got Fairtrade status through CAFOD - one of the founders of Fairtrade UK.


Click here for the superb
Fairtrade Foundation website
and resources for schools

 

  This 4-page guide for teachers and others
has all the key information - including the suggested talk to congregations. Just click on the link to download.

 

 
The Big Speak Out for Fairtrade
 
SPEAK SING & WRITE OUT TO WESTMINSTER SPEAK OUT TO EYES OUTSIDE SCHOOLS SPEAK OUT TO EYES INSIDE CHURCHES SPEAK OUT TO A CONGREGATION SPEAK OUT TO
SHIRTY CLERGY
SPEAK OUT TO
OTHERS AROUND
SPEAK OUT KOOLLY
IN SKOOL
SPEAK OUT TO
CONTACT JUST1

SCHOOLS-LED ACTIVITIES FOR OR BEFORE FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT